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Jeremy Hellickson signs with the Nationals

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The Nationals have re-signed Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year, $1.3 million contract. Jon Heyman reports that there are performance-based incentives in the deal that can push its total value to $4 million.

Hellickson made 19 starts for the Nationals last season, posting an ERA of 3.45 in 91 innings. His strikeout rate was pretty low and he was pretty stingy with hits and walks, but it’s an open question as to whether that was a matter of luck or a function of finding a new gear at the age 31. There’s also the matter of the wrist injury which ended his season in August. It was a sprain, and it should be no issue for 2019.

Either way, this is a cheap enough contract for Washington that they can afford to take a chance on the matter.

Dee Gordon placed on injured list due to quad strain

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The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.

Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.

Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.

Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.